Green and white: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day May 2008
May 15, 2008
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Variegated bulbous oat grass, sweet white violet, and a bit of ‘White Nancy’ lamium in the lower left corner
Because of the warm April, a lot of the daffodils that were still blooming last year are done for this year. This is the “gap” time between the early blooming spring flowers and the big June extravaganza when all the experts say I should have lots of tulips blooming, but I don’t. I love tulips, but they prefer better draining soil than what I’ve got, and the plentiful rodents like to eat them. Instead, I seem to have a lot of green and white vignettes, such as the one above, and the one below.
The foliage of Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ looks well with the great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Other white flowers blooming now are Narcissus poeticus and N. ‘Thalia,’ as well as the narcissus I’m calling ‘Irish Laddie’ (all featured in last year’s May bloom day post). My double white lilac (variety unknown) has also started to open. It’s always the earliest.
New and Noteworthy
Creeping phlox and ‘Waterperry’ veronica adorn the Birthday Garden wall, while ‘Curly Lace’ daffodil gazes down on them both.
I just got that dainty ‘Waterperry’ veronica last fall, and had no idea it would complement the creeping phlox I got from a friend many years ago. The ‘Curly Lace’ daffodils are a new introduction from Brent & Becky.
This ‘Victor Reiter’ sea pink (Armeria maritima) also graces the base of the stone wall
Both the veronica and the sea pink are marketed as Plants That Work in Nooks & Crannies. If you have a stone wall like mine or need a little plant to tuck in somewhere, you might want to browse through their website.
- Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor)
- Seneca Hill hellebore, pale yellow with pink flush
- plum colored hellebore, also from Seneca Hill Perennials
- Rundy’s cherry tree
- Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’. A species tulip that grows in the crocus bank.
- grape hyacinths
- The ‘Looking Glass’ brunnera growing next to the trilliums above has its first blossoms
- Virginia bluebells
- The last bits of Corydalis solida
- the first trollius blossom
- purple-leaved ajuga
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013